19.04.2013 in CSR, Green by admin 0

World Water Day 2013

Observance of World Water Day (WWD) began in the year 1993 after it was formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and declared by United Nations General Assembly to be held on the 22nd of March each year. With the ever expanding global population and scarcity of this precious resource the significance of this day has become greater than ever before. According to United Nations Organization’s latest reports 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet, 783 million people do not have access to clean water and 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.

mailer 2013

Expolanka Holdings PLC worked in partnership with the UNDP and other volunteers  in organizing the  events that were held in commemoration of WWD 2013 in Sri Lanka, which included; a corporate sector workshop to improve the understanding of water quantity and quality issues; foundation laying for the bio gas facility as a way to process solid waste, wastewater and toilet waste that otherwise harm the quality of water; and the awareness and advocacy campaign with the volunteers to spread awareness on waste, water and health and collection of CFL bulbs, plastic, e-waste and unused medicine.

World Water Day is mainly aimed at educating the public on critical water related issues and raising awareness to trigger action to promote and carry out activities related to the conservation and care of natural water resources. This year’s theme for World Water Day is ‘Water Cooperation’ which focuses on one of the most fundamental areas and basic human rights, that is equitable access to clean drinking water.

Keeping to this year’s WWD theme The “Every Drop Matters” project of the UNDP organization in Sri Lanka together with the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy and other organizations carried out a series of events at the Kelani River Basin on 22nd March in Biyagama. Every Drop Matters, an ongoing UN project focuses on ‘empowering communities through water’ by creating awareness and educating people on widespread water and sanitation related problems faced by our era. They also provide a platform for communities and organizations to facilitate technologies and best practices to find sustainable solutions on multitude of environmental issues related to water through participatory means.

 

You might also like (related articles):